In the News

​Police ‘geofencing’ cuts crime, accidents on Maine coast

Seacoastonline – The York (ME) Police Department is on the leading edge of small police forces nationwide in developing a data-driven system that works to pinpoint areas of town prone to accidents and crime and reduce incidents. It is a system essentially tailor-made for the department, using the expertise of nationally recognized crime analysts hired through an innovative U.S. Department of Justice grant. Read more.


Police are crunching data to stop murders before they happen

Fortune – Kansas City’s smart policing push uses computers to find likely criminals and their associates. Police and researchers use computers to figure out who is most likely to commit murders, robberies and rapes. Software also looks through law enforcement files to uncover who those high-risk individuals know so police can pressure the entire group to steer clear of violence. Read more.


Predictive policing crime prevention software at work in Atlanta

Atlanta Magazine – The Atlanta Police Department is ready to call predictive policing software a success. After a year of use, the department reports reductions in crime and a more efficient use of the force. Read more.


Syracuse police launch problem-oriented policing data analysis program

WRVO Public Radio – The Syracuse Police Department has created a Problem-Oriented Policing team and will be analyzing data on hot spots and crime trends to better allocate resources and reduce crime. Read more.


UCLA database program could shed light on police racial bias

Christian Science Monitor – The Center for Policing Equity is tackling the understanding of whether police have a racial bias through a justice database project, which is an effort to create a standardized set of data detailing police interactions. Standardization is important because while many police departments keep records, they keep different types of data, making it difficult to compare and analyze trends. Read more.


Police Foundation

The Police Foundation is a national, non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and improvement in policing through its research, technical assistance, communication and professional services programs. Established in 1970, the foundation has conducted seminal research in police behavior, policy and procedure, and works to transfer to local agencies the best new information about practices for dealing effectively with a range of important police operational and administrative concerns.

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